NEEDHAM, Massachusetts (PTC Press Event) - The MCAD market is hotly contested. Trying to buy the right MCAD program can be a lot of work. Each has its champions. Each has enough commands and capabilities to stymie a potential buyer trying to sort it all out. Tough for the buyer, tough for the industry press.
Let us make it easy for you, says PTC. Here's how we boil down the superiority of PTC and Pro/ENGINEER over its competitors.
Single product strategy
We have a one product line*, they say. UGS has NX and Solid Edge product lines. One for the high end and one for the low end. Same for Dassault, which sells CATIA to enterprise customers and SolidWorks to small and medium size businesses. Companies that try to graduate from a low end to a high end CAD system face a difficult, if not impossible task, says PTC. You would think that their product lines would talk to each other, but they can't. Heck, customers had a lot of problems converting from one version of CATIA to another**.
PTC users don't face these type of problems. Current users of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire can read old files from early versions of Pro/ENGINEER. With Pro/E, a small company can use the same tools as its much larger counterparts. Small companies who aspire to become larger (and which do not?) will not be left hung out to dry should they need to upgrade their software, something PTC can do with additional modules, such as for PDM, advanced surfaces, analysis, machining, etc. Buy our stuff and you'll be safe, PTC wants us too know. We can grow with you.
And don't even talk of Autodesk's Inventor. PTC summarily dismisses Inventor as a low end solution--not at all scalable. Where is Autodesk's PDM? Advanced modeling? Analysis? Collaboration? While not attacking Inventor's capability, PTC loudly hints that the use of Inventor would only constrain a company, especially one bent on growth, as needs of such companies extend beyond simple design.
*One could argue that PTC actually has several varied product lines. Not only are there many non-CAD products, such as Mathcad and Arbortext, but PTC still retain CADDS5 for its shipbuilding customers.
** A pointed reference to the much publicized case of Airbus A380 delay, see Airbus Vows Computers Will Speak Same Language After A380 Delay